Saw V (2008)



Critic Consensus: If its plot were as interesting as its torture devices, or its violence less painful than its performances, perhaps Saw V might not feel like it was running on fumes.

Movie Info

Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) might be dead, but his traps live on in this fifth Saw entry, which finds the series' production designer David Hackl at the helm for his debut directing gig. Costas Mandylor reprises his role as Hoffman, the detective whose involvement in the string of grisly murders turns out to be more than meets the eye. Picking up where the fourth entry left off, Hoffman is revealed to be a hidden accomplice in Jigsaw's grisly games of death, which look to be continued by the lawman. The … More

Rating: R (for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Box Office: $56.7M
Lionsgate - Official Site


as Jigsaw/John

as Mark Hoffman

as Agent Strahm

as Dan Erickson

as Mallick

as Eric Mathews

as David Tapp

as Chief of Police

as Detective Fisk

as Charles
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Critic Reviews for Saw V

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (17)

Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The best thing about this-and any-Saw film is the sick production design. Whoever's responsible for creating these disgustingly grungy chambers of death deserves an Oscar for scuzziness.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

See you next year, I guess. Sigh.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Será que os fãs da série não percebem que o conceito dos flashbacks e de mexer com a cronologia dos capítulos anteriores é uma forma encontrada pelos produtores para que possam refazer o original de novo e de novo e de novo?

January 17, 2010
Cinema em Cena

A disappointing film that breaks all of the series' own rules.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Saw V

Well it looks like its gonna go on and on this franchise,
yet more weird and wonderful traps of torture and death but some are getting slightly unimaginative these days. The plot twists n turns like a slippery eel and includes plenty of flashbacks referring to the previous flicks and shows how 'Jigsaw' did stuff. Kinda interesting but to be honest I have forgotten what happened in all of the last 3 films (I only remember the first films plot line really) so this makes this fifth film hard to follow haha.

Lets be honest here...the films thing is gruesome traps, thats why we are here, and to be honest (again) as said they are good but getting less visionary. The best being a really wincing blood letting test near the end for a woman and man and the final trap being REALLY nasty for the pursuing cop...but you don't see the whole sick outcome as the this is where the film ends very abruptly..shame.

Not bad but getting atad too long in the tooth now, it should end.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Saw 5 is better than Saw 4, but its still just another Saw film that dissapointed me. The story was ok, I enjoyed the detail on Hoffmans story in past films, and the story that follows the five victims, but it just felt hollow like now they aren't even trying. The cast is another cast from Saw, they are just paid to talk like they are smart and scream when being tortured. The gore is great, its one of the goriest in the entire series. This was not the best Saw film, but it was an improvement over the fourth film.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

This movie just drags and drags, delivering very little. All we seem to be seeing is the other movies again and again, fragmented and foggy. Everything you think you knew about the other movies and their chronology is just being undone and not in a gritty, head mess kinda way but in a really frustrating "you should have left it how it was" kinda way. A complete mess of a movie with one star for the brand and the other for the acting, which was as always great, but great actors cannot make a terrible storyline good.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

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